Kazekage Rescue Arc
As Gaara is revived, Matsuri is shown present. She becomes angry when one of her comrades voices his fears that Gaara had died. Matsuri then rush towards Gaara, praising his looks and strengths with her best friend Sari. Kankurou then mentions that girls seemed to have a thing for the cool and elite types of men.
Five Kage Summit Arc
Matsuri is seen in a crowd, telling Gaara to be careful as he leaves for the Kage Summit.
- Matsuri's feelings for Gaara are made obvious when she gushes about him.
- According to the third databook, Matsuri is a reverent admirer of Gaara or any other powerful ninja, and has no interest in any other type of man.
- Matsuri becomes offended whenever Gaara is criticized.
- Matsuri will disobey the orders of others in order to help Gaara.
Among the Fans
GaaMatsu is fairly known among hetero Gaara couples, though it is outclassed by pairings such as GaaHina in terms of popularity. Fans likely support it due to her crush on him as well as the fact that the anime filler episodes gave Matsuri's relationship with Gaara more depth. It is considered a rival pairing to GaaSaku.